Arrived in Munich!
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I was hoping I had enough sleep, as the plane was approaching Munich. Never easy to sleep on the plane. I had to contain my excitement until I was actually in the city center. Once the plane landed, I exited the plane, and felt the cold air. I figure it would be as cold as back home, if not colder. Once I had my passport stamped, I was in Germany, and overcame that obstacle. The trip was officially on.
I went to the S-Bahn, and had difficulty figuring out the ticket machine. At first, I thought it was for regular rail, so I went down to the platform, thinking a ticket machine for the S-Bahn was there. But it wasn't, so I went back up and got a ticket to Central Station. I hopped on it, and rode it to Central Station, which took 40 minutes. I had to get the ticket validated, or else get fined 40 euros.
When I reached the stop, I had to figure out where I was, and tried to find it on the map, as I was looking for the hostel. A local came and offered help, even though he was on his cell phone. He showed me where to go, and I found where I needed to go. I got to the 4 Munchen Youth Hostel, and checked in, but with the room not ready, I put my backpack in storage, and went out to see the city. More about the hostel in the review here.
I walked and went through an arch gate, which was the entrance to the pedestrian zone. I reached the square of Munich, called Marienplatz, with buildings that give that historic feel. Most of them were buildings of the Old Town, that were rebuilt after the city was flattened during World War II.
The New Town Hall was the main building, with its glockenspiel, the little show that happens during certain hours.
Noon rolled around, and I had to wait a little longer for the show to start. And then, the show started. After it ended, I went to the top of the tower, for views of Munich. Seeing the Old Town, it almost seems too good to be true, like a theme park. But it was freezing cold, and sometimes I had to go inside to warm up a little, before going back out. More about the New Town Hall and its attractions in the review here.
Afterwards, I would stop by the Residenz Museum, which was the palace of the Wittelsbachs, the royal family of Bavaria. I toured around the place, then went to the Treasury, which has the royal family jewels and crowns.
I also visit St. Peter's Church, the oldest in town. I sat down for a bit, as my feet were hurting from a lot of standing and walking around. Also looked around, at the organ and chapels throughout the place, along the ceiling frescos of Peter being crucified upside-down.
I made a stop by St. Michael's Church, but by then, I was really starting to feel the effects of jet lag. I'm surprised it took this long to catch up to me, but I guess the cold weather may have something to do with it. I went back to the hostel, and rested for a while.
Afterwards, I went to a beer hall called Hofbrauhaus. Somehow, I was able to find it without a map. I don't know how. When entering the place, I'm not sure how it was suppose to work.
I went to eat at a Chinese restaurant, and assumed water was free. As it turned out, it was not free, and I was charged almost 2 euros. The chicken curry was great, but I hated the idea of paying for water. I returned to the hostel, and just very happy that this trip was actually happening. And it was only the beginning.